Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Wanted Blu-ray Review

Wanted Blu-ray Review
Written by Loys JohnsonVideo
Wanted comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video presentation. The transfer was very pleasing, despite being quite dark. Colors are rich and bold, and black levels are very deep. There is quite a bit of grain, and while clearly visible, it's never intrusive to the film experience. There were a few scenes which were a bit more dull, but never a bad experience. Outdoor scenes were extremely vibrant, and impressive. Detail is very impressive as well, particularly any close-up of Angelina Jolie. The film does have a unique style, but in the end the transfer is free of any issues. 9/10.

5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio is included, and it sounds fantastic. This film really comes to life, the action makes a great use of the surround speakers, providing a truly immersive experience. There's always something going on, providing the perfect work out for your surround system. Dialogue managed to stay nice and clear despite the action. I was very impressed! Universal Studios has proven once again why they provide 'The Perfect Hi-Def Movie Experience' 10/10.

My Scenes
Alternate Opening (2:38) (HD)
Extended Scene (1:58) (SD)
Cast and Characters (19:59) (HD)
Stunts On The L Train (2:30) (HD)
Special Effects: The Art of the Impossible (8:27) (HD)
Groundbreaking Visual Effects: From Imagination to Execution (8:06) (HD)
The Origins Of Wanted: Bringing the Graphic Novel to Life (8:05) (HD)
Through the Eyes of Visionary Director Timur Bekmambetov (9:05) (HD)
Wanted: Motion Comics (13:55) (HD)
The Making Of Wanted: The Game (10:01) (HD)
Motion Comics
Scene Explorer
Assassin Profiles
Picture in Picture
BD-Live (Features will launch on December 2nd)
Digital Copy (Compatible with Mac and PC)

I was very impressed with all the behind-the-scenes footage. It was always entertaining, and a very cool thing to see in a film filled with huge action scenes. Also included is a sneak peek at the upcoming Wanted video game 'Wanted: Weapons Of Fate' for Windows, Xbox 360, and PS3. Several extras also include special codes at the end to unlock special modes in the game, although it won't release until Q1 2009. I was also very happy almost all the extras are in high-def, it's something I hope Universal Studios continues to do.

The U-Control features are pretty neat, with the Picture-In-Picture track being my favorite. It includes cast interviews, as well as thoughts on the overall film and specific scenes. The Motion Comics is the same as the one available in the regular extras, just put in where it fits into the film. Assassin Profiles might be pleasing to hardcore fans, but I found it pretty useless. Scene Explorer allows you to view certain scenes during different stages of creation, from the storyboards, green screen, and final. It also allows you to choose which to view in full screen at anytime.

Blu-news Summary
Wanted is one of the best films of 2008. The cast really is fantastic, with James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman, and Angelina Jolie. James McAvoy's performance really reminds me of Shia LaBeouf, only fifty times better though. The story is just fun, The film is visually stunning, and a thrilling ride that many will enjoy. The Blu-ray release is fantastic, with impressive video, and a stunning audio track. Universal has include quite a bit of behind-the-scenes, and in high-def as well. Wanted is 'A Must Own' Blu-ray release.


Farzan said...

Great review, this was probably one of my favorite films of the summer. It was really a fun movie. Cant wait for the Blu Ray. Its probably one of the biggest reasons why I jumped on the Blu Ray wagon so soon instead of waiting for another year for prices to go down to what I like them at.

SpartanJohnson said...

Thanks for the comment Farzan.
Yeah, it's a fantastic film, it's a wild ride from start to finish.